The Warrior Beat

Willis Wilson (1992-2013)

November 30th, 2013


Running back Willis Wilson apparently drowned off Sandy's this morning.

He was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water this morning. After a while, they noticed he was missing. HFD and Coast Guard rescuers were summoned. Wilson's body was recovered at dawn.

Wilson transferred from Washington this past summer. He was on the travel roster for the first three road games. This past Monday, he rushed nine times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in an intrasquad scrimmage.

More than his football skills, Wilson was an engaging person who entertained with his dancing and bubbly personality.

He was a second-generation Warrior — his father Jack Wilson Jr. played in the 1980s — who had fondness for his school.

After the scrimmage, he told the WB: "I love it here, I love everybody here."

He will be missed.

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Word on the boulevard: For today's regular-season finale, the Rainbow Warriors will be wearing their retro uniforms again.

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When battling Army, the best strategy is to go with a natural competitor.

UH's honorary captain is Navy Capt. Jeffery James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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Defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer gets an aquatic treatment following the final practice of the regular season.

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